The Telegraph is reporting claims from a recruitment agency that schools are offering teachers corporate-style packages, including gym memberships and ‘golden hellos’ to tempt them into jobs.
Other perks include generous health packages and childcare vouchers worth thousands of pounds as headteachers say they are struggling to recruit, particularity maths and English teachers across the UK…
According to Eteach, one of the UK’s largest teacher recruitment providers, desperate headteachers are offering generous perks, which include gym memberships at luxury gyms like Virgin Active and David Lloyd where teachers have access to monthly personal training, swimming facilities, sauna and steam rooms. Memberships are worth around £100 a month.
Other perks include: discount at shops and vouchers for M&S and John Lewis worth up to £100. They are also benefiting from generous healthcare packages worth up to £2,000 a year and which include dental cover not only for one person but for the rest of the family…
Heads have also had to resort to so-called golden hellos as they struggle to recruit maths teachers using the conventional offers. Mike Clinch, headteacher at St Illtyds’s Catholic High School in Cardiff, had to pay five maths teachers £5,000 each as an added bonus to make sure he filled the positions…
He said “The package included a golden hello, a substantial relocation package and travel expenses including toll bridge payments. We also stated that we would offer a higher salary than that of a standard maths teacher and pledged to invest in the successful candidates’ continual professional development…”
In the full article the DfE seems to welcome and praise schools for tailoring packages to attract staff and “embracing new flexibilities”.
What do you think? Do you welcome or despair at these moves?
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